If I Knew
This poem recently came to me via a friend and I wanted to share it with all of you. I think it really speaks to the need to prioritize and focus on what is important in life, especially when everything seems to be going wrong or when life feels really difficult.
If I Knew – by Tricia Youngson
If I knew it would be the last time that I’d see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time I’d hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word, so I could play them day after day.
If I knew it would be the last time, I could spare and extra minute or two,
To stop and say, “I love you”, instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.
If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day,
Well I’m sure you’ll have many more so I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there’s always tomorrow to make up for an oversight,
And we always get a second chance to make everything all right.
There will always be another day to say our “I love you’s”,
And certainly there’s another chance to say our “Anything I can do’s”.
But just in case I might be wrong, and today is all I get,
I’d like to say how much I love you and hope we never forget,
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone, young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance you get to hold your loved one tight…
So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes, you’ll surely regret the day,
That you didn’t take that extra time for a smile, a hug, or a kiss,
And surely you were too busy to grant someone their last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today, whisper in their ear, Tell them how
much you love them and that you’ll always hold them dear.
Take the time to say “I’m sorry,” “Thank You,” or “It’s okay.”
And if tomorrow never comes you’ll have not regrets about today.